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Texas GOP Sees Victory In Harsh Immigration Plank

Updated: Monday, June 9 2014, 12:41 PM CDT

Just two years after embracing a softer stance on immigration in hopes of wooing the state's surging Hispanic population, the Texas Republican Party has done an about-face.

It has gutted its own past initiative and now says not giving an inch on the issue will spell future success.

Democrats, who haven't won a statewide office in 20 years, say Texas' shifting demographics favor them. They insist such hard-line GOP policies will alienate more Hispanic Texans.

But the message from the tea party forces that dominated the party convention in Fort Worth was simple: We're sticking to our guns.

Dan Patrick, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, proclaimed: "We must not step back from being bold."

He and other tea party favorites carried the day at the convention, which concluded Saturday.

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Texas GOP Sees Victory In Harsh Immigration Plank

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